Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Professor Stew Goetz

Stewart Goetz

I became interested in philosophy through studying issues concerning the self, what it is, and the nature of its freedom. These topics are indirectly related to questions about the meaning of life and the existence and nature of God. I have spent my academic life teaching courses and writing articles and books about these topics. In recent years, I have become seriously interested in the work of C. S. Lewis and written a book about his philosophical views of happiness and the self and how they relate to those of Thomas Aquinas.


Philosophy and Religious Studies


  • M. Litt. Oxford University
  • Ph.D., Notre Dame


  • The Meaning of Life
  • Freedom and Determinism
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Religion

Professional Experience

Dr. Goetz is Senior Editor of the Bloomsbury Studies in Philosophy and Religion and Senior Co-Editor of the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Religion.

Research Interests

  • The Meaning of Life
  • Free Will
  • The Nature of the Self/Soul-Body Question

Recent Work

Books Published:

C. S. Lewis on Higher Education: The Pedagogy of Pleasure (Bloomsbury, 2023)

Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Religion (co-edited with Charles Taliaferro, Wiley-Blackwell, 2021)

What Is This Thing Called the Meaning of Life? (co-authored with Joshua Seachris, Routledge, 2020)

C. S. Lewis (Wiley-Blackwell, 2018)

God and Meaning (co-edited with Joshua Seachris; Bloomsbury, 2016)

A Philosophical Walking Tour with C. S. Lewis (Bloomsbury, 2014)

The Purpose of Life (Continuum, 2012)

The Routledge Companion to Theism (co-edited with Charles Taliaferro and Victoria Harrison; Routledge, 2012)

A Brief History of the Soul (co-authored with Charles Taliaferro; Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)

The Soul Hypothesis (co-edited with Mark Baker; Continuum, 2011)

Freedom, Teleology, and Evil (Continuum, 2008)

Naturalism (co-authored with Charles Taliaferro; Eerdmans, 2008)